I don't know why, but our new sound guy wants to run monitors through our smart phones. I told him I don't have a smart phone (don't want one). And, we still use a "Real Amps" but we mic them through the system. Besides next year I'm retiring from this band so they don't need to invest much in me.This made me laugh out loud. Did a fill in gig this past Friday and brought one of my small combos. Sound guy looked at my small combo and frowned and said, "nobody uses real amps anymore." I couldn't help but laugh. Nobody? Okay. Five minutes later, he said the same thing to the bass player who brought his bass amp. The next day I played at an outdoor festival and told the guys running sound about the dude from the night before and it made THEM laugh out loud. They asked if my previous night's gig was at a church LOL!
Not only do I not have any issue with folks who have an ampless rig, I have one myself and use it when it makes sense. But at a club where the crowd noise is so loud we have to shout to each other on stage to hear ourselves, I don't think a small combo is gonna throw off the sound guy's goal of the most precise and stellar mix of all time.